15% more Republicans than Democrats know that FDR was a Democrat?

How is it possible that only 58 percent of Democrats know that FDR was a Democrat?  Only 59 percent of Democrats know that Pelosi is a Democrat? Only 56 percent of Democrats (compared to 77 percent of Republicans) know that Republicans and not Democrats support oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge?

This is from the Pew Research Center:

This is also depressing.  Only 43% of those between 18 and 29 realize that Pelosi and FDR are Democrats and only 48 percent know that Abraham Lincoln is a Republican.

On a general note, only 55 percent of all Americans realize that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and only 58 percent realized that FDR was a Democrat.

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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Are these statistics a possible sign of failure of our education system? (in the case of Lincoln, and FDR).

As to the party affilliations of current politicians not being known, I assume that Americans are so tired of the mess in Washington, that a great deal of folks simply do not care to keep up with what is happening...

4/23/2012 1:33 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

More importantly John, what percentage of either Democrats or Republicans realize there truly isn't much of a difference between the two parties?

After all it was bipartisanship that gave us the Patriot Act, TARP, NDAA, etc...

4/23/2012 4:16 PM  

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